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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time

It could have been the 10,000 Greatest Guitarists of All Time and everyone would still be going “What?!?  You forgot __________________ !!!”

(Here's the link to Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitarists of all time.)

My own “Hey, what about _______________” list would include Roy Buchanan, Danny Gatton, Allan Holdsworth, Jan Akkerman, Stanley Jordan, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and Vernon Reid.

Oh, and James Hetfield made the list but Kirk Hammett didn’t?  Uh, OK…



Blogger Spud said...

I agree Satrianni should have been there as should Roy Clark and Chet Atkins...

November 26, 2011 at 4:31 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

First you have to define 'great,' and given that the most stat-heavy of sports, baseball, still has arguments over what constitutes 'valuable' in a game of immense measurables, how the hell can you quantify the unmeasurable?

November 26, 2011 at 5:30 AM  
Anonymous Jess said...

I've met Joe Satriani several times and he is one of the most down to earth people you could ever imagine. I was surprised they never included him myself but the list they do have is ok. It's that time of year again for the lists of best in______________ so we will all be dissapointed in some of them right.

November 26, 2011 at 6:58 AM  
Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

I would have included Mark Knopfler in the Top 10 -- but then, it isn't my list.

November 26, 2011 at 9:15 AM  
Blogger jadedj said...

Les Paul for godsakes. They even named a guitar after the man. Jeez. Bunglers, I tell you...the list was made up by bunglers!

November 26, 2011 at 9:22 AM  
Anonymous Screamin' Mimi said...

Roy Clark, absolutely! And Mason Ruffner!

Les Paul is actually on the list at #18. That would have been a sacrilege had he been omitted -- he invented the solid-body guitar. But he should have been in the top 10, jadedj -- you're right!

And why is Kurt Cobain on the list? The blurb about him begins "he's no virtuoso" -- I thought that was the point????

Just saying. :)

November 26, 2011 at 1:31 PM  
Blogger jadedj said...

Screamin...oops, in a hurry and I should have read the complete list. I actually only read the top 10 somewhere else. Even so, I thought he should be at least number 5. Bunglers, I tell you!

November 26, 2011 at 2:09 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

Cobain at 12 and Zappa at 45 is an absolute joke. 8-)

November 26, 2011 at 5:27 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

That is, Zappa ought to be way higher, like in the top 10 or 15 in my opinion.

November 26, 2011 at 5:27 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

The guitarists list was interesting and I couldn't fault it.

But check out the singers' list. It's a travesty. They put Willie Nelson at 88 and Mariah Carey at 79? They don't bother with Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Bing, Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Frankie Laine, Barbra Streisand, Jo Stafford, Sarah Vaughn, Dinah Shore, Dean Martin, Jonny Mathis or Linda Ronstadt at all?

No need to ask what the twentysomethings at Rolling Stone were smoking when they made that list: some bad . . . stuff.

November 26, 2011 at 11:01 PM  
Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

Ah, c'mon, Mr. Anderson, it's Rolling Stone, not Life... ;-)

November 27, 2011 at 5:48 AM  
Blogger harry said...

Reminds me once again why I never read that useless rag.

November 27, 2011 at 9:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rolling Stone is a Rock Magazine (though they don't like to think so anymore) and they should have called it 100 greatest Rock guitarist of all time. This means the majority of any list they do are going to be Rock artist which also means they are going to be white. Only the Blues guitarist (who are considered pioneers) and/or the few R&B and Country guitarist who crossed over will be included. Otherwise their list are always lacking in serious diversity and trended towards their younger readers who want to see their heroes included, regardless if they've done anything significant or not.


November 27, 2011 at 10:53 AM  
Blogger jadedj said...


November 27, 2011 at 11:02 AM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Erik, I see a fair amount of diversity in the guitarists' list. But you're right, they should specify rock, C&W and blues for the singers' list. Even for rock, how could they omit Fats Domino? For a long time, he had more No. 1 hits and album sales than Elvis.

November 27, 2011 at 1:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


As you stated the Jazz musicians are sorely absent and the big secret is they influenced everybody else on all the list. A lot of influential R&B guitarist are also missing.

BTW where is Segovia?


November 27, 2011 at 1:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also have to wonder their criteria here. Sales (a lot of big sellers in the upper half). Influence (a lot of pioneers are in the lower half).

A lot of credit is given to the younger generation who bust their butts to play like my generation. So if you try to play like Hendrix, sing like John Lee Hooker and sell a lot of records, you too can be among the greatest?


PS Anyone notice we're getting more passionate about this then we are the Tea Party?

What a nice break from Politics LOL!

November 27, 2011 at 1:58 PM  
Blogger jadedj said...

Erik...there are no great Tea bagger guitarists.

November 27, 2011 at 2:05 PM  
Anonymous Screamin' Mimi said...

jadedj -- At least none that we know of. :)

November 28, 2011 at 4:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ACE FREHLEY not on the list? WTF !!!

November 29, 2011 at 10:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jeff Baxter and Larry Carlton should be on there as well as Rick Derringer and Tommy Bolin.

January 6, 2012 at 12:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lets not leave off Mathias Jabs, Craig Chaquico and how in the hell do you not put Elvin Bishop on there?

January 6, 2012 at 12:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I could be here for years explaining how I would move things around, but I'll just list the jazz guitarists I think Rolling Stone should have at least nodded at: Pat Metheny, Wes Montgomery. I'd say Charlie Christian and Django Reinhardt but I'm not sure if they're on there or not. I'd take out Bruce Springsteen for sure. Also surprised to see Nels Cline on the list, that was the pleasant kind of surprise.

January 9, 2012 at 6:33 PM  

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